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At their regularly scheduled meeting, April 19th, the City Council held a Public Hearing and adopted Resolution No. 21-12, a Resolution establishing a parking permit pilot program and setting the fee for parking permits. The Whitefish Parking Management Plan was adopted in 2019 and serves as a foundation for establishing a sustainable parking program and to better manage the existing parking facilities. The demand for better "all-day" employee parking options is call out in the Management Plan. Employees and business owners in the downtown corridor repark and shuffle their vehicles to avoid over-time parking citations.
The Management plan recommended the City create a parking permit program for the downtown area and establish a committee to implement the program. The City Council created the Parking Permit Implementation Committee to provide suggestions and feedback with respect to a pilot parking permit program. The Committee, consisting of Chris Schustrom-Chair, Josh Branstetter, Michelle Howke, Hilary Lindh, Mike Rossi, Tyler Furry, Leslie Hunt and Jeremy Grossman, has met several times to discuss a pilot program.
On March 15, 2021, the Committee and the City Council held a work session. Based on their experience with downtown parking, the Committee recommended an affordable and flexible parking permit pilot program. The pilot program will run for two months during the peak season, July 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. The cost of a permit will be $20 per month, equivalent to the fine for a parking ticket. Only one license plate will be valid per permit. Permitted parking will be allowed in any of three designated surface lots: south of the Whitefish Community Library, at Third Street and Central Avenue; and at First Street and Spokane Avenue, or the uncovered third level of the City Hall Parking Structure.
Parking permits will be go on sale soon through the online portal of the City of Whitefish website. For more information, please contact Michelle Howke, email@example.com, or call 406-863-2400.